PSA is adding photo-matching examination to its professional model bat authentication service.
Collectors, dealers and auction houses who submit a bat for authentication and grading can now ask PSA to research available photos and video, looking for potential matches to that item. There’s an additional cost for the service but conclusively photo-matched items have consistently generated more interest from buyers.
“It is not merely a style or model match, but instead an exact match to that item,” explained Joe Orlando, CEO and President of Collectors Universe, PSA’s parent company, and the author of Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History. “While finding a true match can be difficult, there is no question that a confirmation can add value to a bat, even one that is already considered a high-grade example.”
One example of a photo-matched, game-used bat that scored national headlines with its eventual sale came from the arsenal of former New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter. In 1996, Jeter led the Bronx Bombers to a World Series title after batting .314 during the season in which he was named American League Rookie of the Year. In 2014, after being photo-matched to TV footage showing that it had been used by Jeter in Games 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the ’96 World Series, the PSA/DNA GU 10 graded bat sold for a record $155,350 at auction. Jeter also signed the bat.
Well-known bat authority John Taube, who currently leads PSA’s team on bat authentication orders, will spearhead the photo-matching process.
“Photo-matching on current-day bats is becoming a common request,” he said. “Matched bats demand prices in multiples of established market prices, depending on the bat and matched event. Vintage bats of Hall of Famers see even more dramatic increases in value.”
PSA says it aims “to provide collectors with the strongest foundation of authenticity for professional model game-used bats.” Positive photo-matched results will be recorded with an image of the bat added to PSA’s Letter of Authenticity.
“Indisputable evidence of game use by a player is the ultimate goal of any authentication process,” added PSA President Steve Sloan. “Photo-matching can provide an added layer of confidence and appeal that many collectors demand in today’s hobby.”
Photo-matching fees are based on the bat’s declared value and begin at $75. More details can be found on PSA’s Professional Bat Authentication services page or by calling 609-487-8003.